Once the picture of post-industrial decline, Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, is now the site of an exciting urban renaissance. As the proud bearer of an UNESCO Creative City designation and the host of numerous musical events each week, Glasgow provides more opportunities for cultural indulgence than you’ll have time for in one visit. While you’re in town, make sure to book into a centrally located boutique Glasgow hotel, where you’ll find all of the comfort you need to rest up, relax, and discover all that this rapidly rejuvenating city has to offer.
Formerly known as the “second city of the empire,” Glasgow’s city architecture benefited from an influx of cotton and textile production wealth, enabling the construction of dazzling ornate buildings and an extensive public parks system. Begin your visit with a walking tour of the Victorian and Edwardian buildings on display in the city centre, including the Glasgow Cathedral and the City Chambers.
Glasgow has a number of artistic attractions you won’t want to miss. Browse the 9,000 strong Burrell Collection or the always innovative Gallery of Modern Art for a glimpse into Scottish and international art from yesterday and today. Alternatively, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum provides a fascinating look into the history of the Scottish people, as well as a number of interactive displays. The Glasgow Science Centre is also highly interactive, as is the Police Museum, which details the history of Britain’s oldest police force.
If it’s outdoor pursuits that get your heart pumping, Glasgow features a number of green attractions you won’t want to miss. Point your feet in the direction of the Botanic Gardens, Glasgow Green or Kelvingrove Park for tropical flora and fauna, or take a look at Nelson’s Memorial. Alternatively, Fossil Grove, located within Victoria Park, offers an up close look at an ancient preserved forest, while Tollcross Park will wow you with its rose and winter gardens. If you’d like to get in your dose of outdoors living while seated in a stadium, head to Hampden Park, Celtic Park, Ibrox Stadium or Firhill to see the local or national teams play. As the national stadium, Hampden also features a fascinating exhibit on the history of Scottish football (soccer), and provides regular tours.
After all of your adventures, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. But if traditional Scottish haggis doesn’t get your stomach rumbling, don’t worry; Glasgow is a truly international city with diverse fare to please even the pickiest of eaters. Naturally, fish and chips are a popular choice, but so too is Asian, Italian, Mexican and fine European fare available a number of high end eateries. And of course, the Indian cuisine here is not to be missed, rated as some of the best in the UK.
Looking to get a little shopping done? Head to the pedestrianized Golden Z (known otherwise as Argyle, Buchanan and Sauchiehall Streets) or the Buchanan Galleries for a high end experience. For something a little livelier, the numerous stalls at the Barras in Glasgow’s East End sell just about everything under the sun, and they’ll provide a much more dynamic look into Scottish culture.
From bars and clubs to grand symphony halls, Glasgow offers more theatrical and musical performances than you’ll be able to sample in one visit. The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Royal Scottish Academy of Arts and Drama, the Theatre Royal, the King’s Theatre, the Pavillion and the Panopticon Music Hall are just a few venues whose billings you’ll want to be sure to check before planning your night out.
From Glasgow it’s easy to reach other top destinations on the A82, such as the beautiful Loch Lomond. Edinburgh can be reached easily via train or bus, while the West Highland Railway will provide you with enough stunning sights to last a lifetime.
With so much to offer, it’s important to choose a comfortable place to return to each night when visiting this busy and exciting city. You’ll do just that when you choose to stay in one of our boutique hotels in Glasgow, where friendly staff and a host of amenities will ensure you always have a home away from home. Book today and begin dreaming of your unique Glasgow adventure.
Leave your car at Holiday Inn Express Greenock while you board your cruise ship at Greenock Ocean Terminal, 1.5 miles from the hotel. Book our good-value Park and Cruise Package for a night's accommodation and parking for up to 2 weeks.
Our Safari Package offers a family room at Holiday Inn Express Stirling and discounted entry to Blair Drummond Safari Park for 2 adults and 2 children. The hotel is located next to the new Peak leisure and sports village with ample free car and coach parking. The Peak Leisure Centre is now open 8am till 8pm Monday through Sunday just 2 minutes walk from the hotel.